A while later, Irene hands Todd a drink and, putting on a brogue,
tells him that there's no medicine in the world like Ma Fisher's
double-dose coffee - it made the Irish what they are today! Todd
smiles and says he doesn't know if he should drink it, in that
case! Becoming serious, Irene goes on that she's going to give
him the name of someone she wants him to get in touch with - he
deals in alternative medicine. Todd, though, replies that, he's
been there, done that: he's seen more doctors than she can poke
a stick at - even those who practice alternative medicine. He
tells Irene, "No more, though." He adds that he was
bitter about it for a long time, but he's past that stage
- he's accepted it now, and she's going to have to as well. Irene
comments that he should tell his father. Todd replies that he
will. Irene asks when. Todd, though, says, "Don't
push it, eh?" Irene agrees not to. Todd tells her that he's
got his own way of dealing with it - maybe he'll drift off into
the sunset on the sailboard... like a Viking... Irene raises her
cup to him.
Gordon, Wayne and Karen are in the lounge room at Dural. Karen
is saying that, if they follow through with her proposal, they
should pick up at least three new accounts in the first month;
that should help the company's cashflow situation no end. Gordon
agrees, "Yes... but there is something that I should
warn you about: Patricia Morrell is back from London and has come
up with a counter offer." Karen, looking surprised, asks
if Patricia hasn't read her proposal. Gordon replies that she
has, and she's opposed to it. Karen retorts that she thought he
said Patricia would agree. Gordon tells her that you
never know which way Patricia is going to jump. Karen
replies that Patricia will be struggling to match an offer as
good as hers. Gordon says he agrees - but until he's
talked to her... Karen asks how she knows about the offer. Gordon
explains that Barbara spoke to her briefly last night about her
interest. Karen, looking thoughtful, says, "I see..."
Gordon goes on that, in any event, the Directors have agreed to
hold back on the decision until Patricia delivers her
proposal, and then both offers can be put to the vote. Karen remarks
that that seems fair. She adds, though, that of course, they understand
that she can't allow her capital to sit idle for too
long - she needs an answer fairly soon. Gordon tells her that
it will be a few days at the very most - he promises her. Karen
smiles and says, "Good!" She then stands up and adds
that she's sure they'll be in contact. Wayne tells her that he'll
see her out. They head out into the hallway, where Karen angrily
tells him to make his excuses and meet her at her place.
Wayne retorts that it's not that easy. Karen snaps, "Just
do it." She goes.
A short time later, Karen's car pulls up outside the Fisher house,
and Wayne pulls his car up behind hers. They both get out of their
vehicles and Karen starts walking up the path towards the house.
As she does so, she looks with disgust at the bright yellow car
parked in the driveway, and she asks who on earth owns it. Wayne
starts to say he thinks it belongs to-- Karen cuts him off, though,
and snaps, "Never mind - I couldn't care less at the moment."
As they walk into the lounge room, Karen tells Wayne that if
they're going to work together, she expects him to keep her informed
of any problems that might arise. Wayne asks her if she means
Patricia. Karen asks him why he didn't tell her that
she might cause trouble. Wayne retorts that he didn't know she
was going to. Karen snaps that she has, hasn't
she. Wayne tells her that the last they heard of Patricia, she
was on her way to London to meet the love of her life. He adds
that, if he could predict what Patricia was going to do next,
he'd be up there with Nostradamus! Karen wonders aloud what Barbara
told her about her. Wayne asks what she knows to tell.
Karen replies that there's any poison that Irene Fisher has filled
her with - they're best of friends, aren't they? Wayne admits,
"Yeah". Karen tells him, "There you go, then."
At that moment, Irene comes into the room, and Karen exasperatedly
snaps that she might have known that that pile of nuts
and bolts outside was her style. She sarcastically adds
that she hopes Irene is making herself comfortable. Irene retorts
that she's making Todd comfortable, actually - he was
over at her place and had a dizzy spell, so she brought him home.
Looking concerned, Karen asks if he's alright. Irene replies that
he seems fine now. Karen asks her if that's her doctor's
opinion. Irene retorts, "If you like." Karen goes to
walk out to see him, but Irene warns her not to disturb him as
he's sleeping. She adds, "But then that's just his
mum's opinion." She leaves the room. Karen, looking
annoyed, reminds Wayne that they were talking about Patricia Morrell...
what should she know about her? Wayne replies that she's a fighter
- and it's not easy to cut the ground out from under her. Karen
replies, "But not impossible..." She tells
Wayne, "We're going to find Patricia's weak spot, and when
we do, she's going to wish she'd stayed in London..."
Patricia is on the 'phone in the hallway at Toorak, talking to
Matt. She tells him that it's over - finished; there's no point
in him calling again - there's nothing to say. Jill comes into
the house as she snaps at him, "Bye," and hangs up.
Sensing that it's the wrong time, Jill asks if she should go back
out and come in again. Patricia, though, tells her not to worry.
She adds that she supposes Jill realises that Matt and she didn't
part on the best of terms. Jill tells her that she doesn't have
to go into it if she doesn't want to. Patricia, though, asks why
not - it might help her get it out of her system once and for
all. She offers Jill a drink and they head into the lounge room.
As she stands at the drinks cabinet, Patricia explains that it
was a complete disaster from the beginning - she was so sure he
wanted her that she went charging off to London without telling
him she was coming; Jill should have seen the look on his face
when she turned up. She goes on that, by the end of the first
week, she realised she'd made a big mistake: there was someone
else. Jill sympathetically says, "Oh, Patricia..." Patricia
continues that, the trouble was, she had to find out for herself
- Matt didn't tell her because he thought she'd go to pieces after
travelling half way round the world to be with him. Jill asks
her why she didn't come back straight away. Patricia explains
that she was clutching at straws, she supposes. She goes on that,
anyway, by the time Gordon rang to tell her the company was in
trouble, she'd more or less accepted it - and it was good having
a reason to come home; at least she saved some face.
She sadly says she had so much faith in Matt - she really thought
that--. She breaks off before continuing that the silly thing
is... she's been too ashamed to tell anybody what really happened.
Jill asks why. Patricia replies that it's because it makes her
look like a failure. Jill assures her that it doesn't. Patricia,
though, just asks bitterly why she can't get her personal life
together - it's just one disaster after another; she's always
been blaming somebody else but it's not - it's her...
Karen and Wayne are sitting at the table in the living room at
the Fishers'. Karen is looking at a file of papers in front of
her, and as she does so, she comments that Fiona seems to know
more about Patricia's weak spots than any of them; could
they use her to put the woman offside with the other
Directors? Wayne, though, replies that they can't - Fiona will
sit back and go for the best proposal just like Gordy and Beryl.
Karen snaps that they have to come up with something
- she's going to get control of that company. Wayne retorts
that he's told her everything he knows. Karen insists
that they'll come up with something. Wayne wishes her
good luck. Karen, though, replies that she doubts luck
will have anything to do with it - but perhaps more coffee will.
Wayne takes the hint and goes to get some, leaving Karen looking
through the papers. There's suddenly a knock at the front door,
and she gets up to answer it. The visitor is Amanda, and Karen
invites her in. Amanda explains that she just thought she'd pop
round and see how Todd is. Karen replies that he was still sleeping
the last time she checked - it seems the virus hit him harder
than any one of them thought. Amanda asks her if she knows he
had another dizzy spell at Irene's. Karen replies that he told
her. Amanda turns round to go, and she asks Karen if she can tell
Todd that she dropped round. Todd, though, suddenly comes in and
says there's no need to! Looking pleased to see him, Amanda asks
him how he is. Todd smiles and says he's alive and kicking! He
then adds that he always said a good sleep sorts out
the bugs - that and a good feed; is he still invited for dinner
tonight?! Amanda tells him that he is if he feels up
to it. Todd assures her that he does. Wayne comes back in and
says, "Two coffees coming up." He suddenly notices Amanda
standing there, and sourly immediately comments, "Oh well,
there goes a pleasant day." He asks her if she's still dining
out on telling people what he does for a living. Amanda retorts
that she couldn't care less how he makes money. Wayne
snaps that she cared enough to tell Karen he worked for
an escort agency. Amanda tells him that she doesn't want to talk
about it. Wayne snaps at her that he'll tell her one
thing: most of the women he meets have more class in their little
finger than she ever had. Todd snaps that that's enough.
Wayne tells him to butt-out - he's not talking to him.
Todd retorts that Wayne's not talking to anyone else
like that under his roof - Amanda's here to see him,
not Wayne. He asks Karen to take Wayne into the study, and Karen
agrees that she supposes they can manage that. She and Wayne go
and pick up the papers from the table. Wayne takes the coffees
and the two of them walk out, Wayne glaring at Amanda as he does
so. When they've gone, Amanda tells Todd that she's sorry about
that. Todd points out that she's not supposed to be apologising.
Amanda tells him that it's nice to find someone who can put Wayne
in his place. Todd assures her that he'd do the same for anyone.
Amanda points out that he did it for her, and it was
At the O'Briens', Heather is doing some sewing at the living
room table, while Mike sits opposite her, reading the newspaper.
Katie joins them and says she'll be home by 11pm - Luke is taking
her to see Terms of Endearment: they both missed it when
it was on in the city. Heather warns her that she'll need a good
supply of tissues! Mike comments to his daughter that she's spending
a fair bit of time with Luke. Katie says, "So?" Mike
quickly tells her, "Nothing!" Katie laughs and says
he's a frustrated matchmaker! Heather tells her to have a good
time, and she goes. As she heads out, there's suddenly a knock
at the front door, and she opens it to find a boy standing there.
He asks if Jeff is home, adding that he's Chris - a friend of
Jeff's from school. Katie tells him to come in. They head into
the lounge room, where Katie introduces Chris to her parents.
Heather tells the boy that Jeff will be glad of the company, and
she points out his bedroom. Chris leaves them and Katie goes out.
When they're alone, Mike remarks to Heather that Chris seems like
a nice enough young fellow. Heather asks if he isn't one of the
lads from Jeff's running team.
As the door to his room opens and Chris comes in, Jeff eagerly
asks him how he went. Chris replies that it was no trouble. Jeff
asks him if he got it. Chris tells him, "Of course."
He hands over a bottle of beer and goes on that he doesn't know
why Jeff couldn't have bought it himself - no one asks questions
anymore unless you're in a pram! Jeff explains that it isn't the
bottle shop that worries him - it's his parents:
they're keeping an eye on him. Chris asks him if they can smell
it on his breath. Jeff, though, takes out an aerosol breath freshener
and sprays some in the air, telling Chris that he's one step ahead
of them! Chris warns him to be careful, but Jeff insists that
he'll be alright. He then adds that this is one he owes Chris
- the pills the doctor gave him don't do any good; sometimes the
pain's just too much. Chris tells him, "You can remember
me when you're an old dero sleeping in the bus shelter."
Jeff smiles and tells him that he'll drink him a toast! Chris
then says he'd better go. Jeff assures him that the drink makes
a big difference. Looking awkward, Chris says his parents only
give him $10 a week - and grog isn't cheap... Jeff tells
him he'll pay him when he can. Chris retorts that he's almost
broke now. Jeff explains that he hasn't got any money
now, and he asks if next week is OK. Chris accepts that it'll
have to be, and he tells Jeff that he'll see him. Jeff thanks
him and he goes. Jeff opens the bottle and takes a swig of the
Katie is sitting on a bench in the park, reading something, when
Luke runs up to her and tells her that he's sorry he's late but
now they've made him delivery boy, as well as everything else:
he had to take a file across town just as he was leaving; the
sooner he gets out of there-- Katie interrupts him, though, and
tells him that she's had a letter from Fiona. Luke says, "Bad
news?" Katie replies that she doesn't know: Fiona says that
Terry wants her to forget all about him, and she thinks
it's best if she does. Luke asks her if she thinks Fiona
made it up. Katie replies that she doesn't - but the trouble is,
she gets an awful feeling about it - as if Fiona is only telling
her half the story. Luke says he reckons Fiona is right:
she should forget about Terry. Katie, though, insists
that she can't - she thinks about him nearly all the
time. Looking at Luke intently, she asks him if she can take him
up on that offer to take her up to Ararat - tomorrow. Luke asks
her if she's sure she knows what she's doing. Katie just tells
him that, if he won't take her, she'll go by train - but she has
to see him. Luke gives in and says, "OK." Katie thanks
him and tells him that he's a good friend. She hugs him as Luke
tells her that they have to get her through this somehow!
Patricia is sitting in the living room at Toorak, eating, when
Jill comes in. Patricia asks her if she's been at the hospital,
and Jill replies that she has. She then adds that she's got good
news, too: she had a long talk with one of the specialists today
and he was telling her about a new technique they've developed
in manipulation therapy in Sydney - they're going to fly Robin
up there tonight to start him on it. Looking wary, Patricia says,
"Jill, we've got to talk--" Jill doesn't listen, though,
instead continuing excitedly that the doctors said there's a really
good chance that this will make all the difference to him. She
asks Patricia, "Isn't that terrific?!" Patricia, though,
replies bluntly that she can't go on paying for Robin's treatment
- she's sorry, but she doesn't have a choice. Looking shocked,
Jill insists that she can't pull out now. Patricia explains
that every cent she owns is going to be tied up in the company.
Jill cries that they're talking about someone's life.
Patricia retorts that they're talking about somebody who's never
going to recover. Jill snaps that the doctors don't think
that. Patricia tells her that they're just experimenting. She
goes on that she's read about his new technique, and of course
they're going to encourage her: Robin will be a guinea pig
for them. Jill tells her that they've got to try. Patricia
replies that they'll have to try on somebody else's money.
Jill asks, "Whose?" Patricia says she doesn't know;
she doesn't like doing this, but she has to throw herself into
something completely to keep her mind off everything else. She
adds, "Sorry, but that's the way it has to be." She
gets up and walks out of the room, leaving Jill looking upset.
At the Morrell apartment, Todd is on the 'phone to Irene. Amanda
is sitting on the couch. Todd tells his mother that he's never
felt better - he doesn't know what he would have done without
her. Irene replies that she's glad to hear he's up and about.
Todd goes on that it was great talking to her this morning about,
"... you know." Irene assures him that she'll always
be around when he needs her. Todd thanks her. He then tells her
that Amanda is insisting that they celebrate his first day at
the boatyard with champagne! Irene says she thought they saved
that until the launching of your first boat! Todd points out that
the builder needs launching too! He asks her if she can make it,
adding that, after all, she gave him the push to get
the job. Irene replies that wild horses wouldn't keep her away!
Todd tells her that it's tomorrow morning at 8am. Irene says she'll
be there. Todd says, "Bye," and they hang up. He then
turns to Amanda and tells her that it's fixed. He sits down next
to her and adds, "Alan Bond watch out: here comes Todd Fisher!"
Amanda asks him if he can't see it: clear sky and a gentle sea
as they glide through the Sydney Heads...! She asks, "Where
we heading, Captain?!" Todd tells her, "The world!"
Amanda exclaims, "The Greek Islands!" Todd muses that
the sun is pouring down on them... they're just drifting along...
Amanda smiles and says, "Wouldn't it be wonderful?"
Todd points out that stranger things have happened. Amanda asks
him if he doesn't think she'll be around with him. Todd asks,
"Will you?" Amanda tells him that she will unless he
tells her to get lost. Todd smiles and says, "No chance!"
The next morning, at the boatyard, Irene, Todd, Amanda and Harry
are sitting at a table on the pier, and Irene says she's been
waiting all night for this - she thinks it's a much better idea
to drink champagne than to watch it running down the
bow of a ship in waste! Todd says he couldn't agree more! Harry
tells him to pop the cork and he does so. Amanda suddenly realises
that they're missing the glasses, and she goes to get them from
the car. One of the workers at the yard calls over to Harry that
that load of paint for 'Cloudburst Two' has arrived, but it needs
Harry's signature. Harry gets up to go and sign. Alone with Todd,
Irene tells him that, now that they've got some time to themselves,
she's got a ceremony of her own to perform. She then
takes out a Captain's hat from her bag, puts it on Todd's head
and tells him that it's the badge of office; it makes him look
like a real old salt! Todd takes it off to look at it and asks
her where she got it. Irene explains that it's from Harry - she
wore it during probably what were the happiest eight months of
her life: on a long cruise with his new boss - they spent a whole
two months in the Mediterranean. Todd asks her if she's sure she
wants to give the hat to him, as it sounds like it means quite
a bit to her. Irene replies that it means a lot to her that he
has it. Todd thanks her.
In the lounge room at Dural, Wayne is standing behind the bar,
dialling a number on the telephone. He says to Gordon, who's sitting
on the couch, that they should hope Patricia's tactic isn't to
delay the vote over who gets control of the company, as Karen's
offer isn't going to last forever. Gordon, though, points
out that Patricia is a Director of the company, and she has more
priority than Karen. The 'phone at the other end is answered
by Jill, and Wayne asks her if Patricia is there. Jill replies
that she isn't - she's at the hospital, she thinks. Wayne asks
if she's there to see Robin. Jill, though, sadly replies that
she's gone to see the hospital accountants, more likely - she's
stopped paying for Robin's treatment. Looking surprised, Wayne
asks why. Jill explains that she said her money's going to be
tied up from now on - it's supposed to stop her thinking about
how Matt Kennedy dumped her. Wayne, looking thoughtful, muses
that that's why she suddenly turned up. He asks what
happened, but Jill tells him that she shouldn't have said anything
at all. She says, "You won't say anything, will
you?" Wayne, who has a sly smile on his face, replies that
it's nothing to do with him, anyway. Jill says she just doesn't
know what to do about Robin now. Wayne tells her to try not to
worry - once they get the business moving again, he's sure Patricia
will have more than enough money to pick up on his treatment.
Jill says she hopes he's right. Wayne replies that he's sure
he is. He tells her to take it easy and adds that he'll talk to
her later. They say, "Bye," and then hang up, Wayne
looking pleased with himself. Gordon asks him if Patricia wasn't
at home. Wayne just says, "No." Gordon asks, "Any
trouble?" Wayne replies that he doesn't think so
- he just has to go out for a little while; he won't be long.
A short time later, Wayne is at the Fishers', and Karen asks
him if they've cast a vote and she's in. Wayne tells her, "Not
quite." Karen asks him why he's smiling then, and he explains
that he has some pretty valuable information on her opposition.
Karen says, "Such as?" Wayne retorts, "One step
at a time, eh?" He then goes on that, what he knows, he isn't
prepared to just toss away. Karen, looking bemused, asks him if
he wants to do a deal. Wayne tells her that there's no
reason why they can't have an equal say in things if she does
get control. Karen, though, sharply tells him to get one thing
straight: her proposal will save his company, and it's based on
strong capital, not secrets and rumours that he might
come pedalling; if he puts the screws on, he'll come off second
best - believe her. Wayne suggests that surely they can come to
some arrangement? Karen retorts that they can
- he tells her what he knows and she uses it
to gain control; he ends up on the winning team and if
he's got any sense, he'll do everything he can to stay
there. Looking put out, Wayne tells her that she can't blame him
for trying. Karen just asks him what he knows about Patricia.
Wayne replies, "That she's stretched to the limit emotionally
and financially." He adds, "With a bit of a push, I'd
say she's out of our hair for good..."
A car pulls up outside a large set of wrought iron gates. Luke
is driving and Katie is sitting in the passenger seat. Luke suggests
to her that maybe he should come in with her, as a place like
this can be pretty rough. Katie, though, insists that she'll be
alright. Luke asks her what she'll do if Terry has changed,
as prison does that to people. Katie, though says she
doesn't think he will have. Luke tells her that he just doesn't
want her to be upset. Katie says she knows. She adds that she's
grateful that he cares, but this is between her and Terry. She
climbs out of the car and walks up to the guard standing by the
gate. After a moment, Luke gets out and calls, "Katie..."
but she ignores him.
Inside the prison complex, Terry is walking along a path on his
own, out in the grounds. A guard accompanies Katie as they walk
towards him. When they come face-to-face, Katie smiles at Terry
and says, "Hello." She goes to hug him, but the guard
warns her that there's to be no physical contact. Katie suddenly
notices that Terry has got a black eye, and she asks what happened
to it. Terry laughs awkwardly and explains that he fell over in
the showers - he slipped. Katie accepts this. She then tells him
that she had to come - she would have been there sooner
except for all the problems at home. Terry says he knows - he
read her letters. Katie adds that she doesn't want him to think
her feelings for him have changed either, because they haven't.
Terry, though, tells her that it may be best for everyone if they
did. He asks her if she didn't get Fiona's letter.
Katie explains that she did, and that's why she came straight
away - she knew something must be wrong. Terry insists that nothing's
wrong - he was just trying to let her down gently. Katie tells
him that she loves him. Terry retorts that she's just
going to have to get over it, then - she's a nice kid and he likes
her, but it just wouldn't work. Katie goes to hold him, but the
guard snaps at him that he's already told him once about his ladyfriend
making physical contact - he doesn't want to have to tell her
again... Katie backs off. The guard goes on that he reckons
Terry has got enough problems without making things worse
for himself. Looking surprised, Katie asks Terry, "What
problems?" Terry tells her that it's nothing - she's to stay
out of it; everything's fine...
There's a knock on the front door at Toorak, and Patricia goes
to open it. She finds a woman standing there, and she says, "Yes?"
The woman asks her if she's Patricia, and she replies that she
is. The woman - Karen - explains who she is and adds that she
was in Melbourne on business and thought she'd take the opportunity
to introduce herself. She goes on that she's sure Patricia must
have lots of questions on her proposal to rescue the company.
Patricia, though, coolly retorts that she hasn't, really - she's
perfectly capable of acquainting herself with the facts without
a visit from her. Karen suggests that they could still
discuss the details of-- Patricia interrupts and retorts that,
no, they won't do that, either, so Karen can save the false charm
as it's a waste of time. Karen pointedly retorts that she never
wastes her time - and Patricia will realise that when they've
had their little discussion. She adds, "Because believe me,
you're going to be interested in what I've got to say." Patricia
smiles at her in amusement.